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. >>> this morning, my question, are you ready for some football? plus, i've got more to say about education and a reminder about the long, ugly history of voter suppression. first, how far will republicans really go to block the ballot box? >>> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. we have spent the last few weeks telling you about the suppress sieve voter laws hastily passed by republican-led state legislatures claiming to be defending democracy against the threat of voter fraud. we have also told you that the laws themselves are the real threat to our democracy, because they would by design disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters. well, on thursday, republicans finally found evidence that the myth of voter fraud is very real and they found it right in their own party. investigators in six florida counties have opened a criminal inquiry into hundreds of cases of suspected voter fraud committed by a gop consulting firm. the republican national committee hired to register republican voters for the november 6th election. the fraud accusations against the firm strategic allied consult
on a special education nation of "your business." >> hi, there, everyone. i'm j.j. ramberg. welcome to "your business." the show dedicated to giving you tips and advice thoeping your small business grow. it is education nation week. we wanted to do our part by looking at the opportunities available to current and future entrepreneurs. our past stories have taken us around the country to detroit and portland, oregon. this year, we didn't have to go any further than boston. there, we found a really unique program, a venture aksel lccele that's run by college students. they have the right idea educating entrepreneurs and getting them funding to grow their companies. 22 small business owners. >> our product will be the first organic, low-calorie ready to drink cocktail on the market. >> each one making a pitch for funding. and the most amazing thing. >> we have done a real lot with a real little. >> some of these pictures aren't even out of college yet. >> the marketing is essential. >> this pitchathon is part of a unique program called idea, a business accelerator that is developing new entrepr
view. i think we've got to invest in education and training. i think it's important for us to develop new sources of energy here in america. that we change our tax code to make sure that we're helping small businesses and companies that are investing here in the united states. that we take some of the money that we're saving as we wind down two wars to rebuild america. and that we reduce our deficit in a balanced way that allows us to make these critical investments. now, it ultimately is going to be up to the voters, to you, which path we should take. are we going to double down on the top-down economic policies that helped to get us into this mess or do we embrace a new economic patriotism that says america does best when the middle class does best? and i'm looking forward to having that debate. >> governor romney, two minutes. >> thank you, jim. it's an honor to be here with you, and i appreciate the chance to be with the president. i'm pleased to be at the university of denver. appreciate their welcome. and also the presidential commission on these debates. and congratulations to
on educational television in america. former reading rainbow host lavar burton will join me tonight. looking forward to that. share your thoughts with us on twitter and on facebook using the hash tag ed show. we're coming right back. schoole world... see they all have something very interesting in common. they have teachers... ...with a deeper knowledge of their subjects. as a result, their students achieve at a higr level. let's develop more stars in education. let's invest in our teachers... they can inspire our students. let's solve this. email marketing from constant contact reaches people in a place they're checking every day -- their inbox. and it gives you the tools to create custom emails that drive business. it's just one of the ways constant contact can help you grow your small business. sign up for your free trial today at >>> welcome back. thanks for watching tonight. good news for the country means republicans are losing one of their favorite talking points. the economy added 114,000 jobs last month bringing unemployment down to 7.8%. gosh i
is to do what we did in my state. >> he is saying he would not cut education. >> he says we need more firemen and more policemen. >> did he not get the message or wisconsin? >> who is the real mitt romney? >> every day he is in a different position. >> i'm going to stop the subsidy for pbs. >> he is going to crack down on seseme street. >> i love big bird. >> elmo has to watch out. >> i think i get the last word. >> with 33 days until the presidential election moments ago on fox news mitt romney said he was completely wrong when he said that 47% of americans are hopele lless losers. he was asked what he should have said. >> what would you have said if he did bring it up? >> well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds if not thousands of speeches and question and answer sessions now and again you are going to say something that does not come out right. i said something that is completely wrong. i believe that my life has shown that i care about 100%. and that has been demonstrated throughout my life. this campaign is about the 100%. when i'm president it will be about helping 100% >> her
... ...nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> my priority is putting people back to work in america. they're suffering in this country. and we talked about evidence. look at the evidence of the last four years. >> a lot of my colleagues are really encouraged by what they saw tonight. i think they saw somebody ready to run this thing. it's going to be exciting the last four weeks of the campaign. >> mitt romney may have eased republican concerns with his sharp performance but it also asked members of his party asking where has he been? utah's republican senator orrin hatch who joins us on behalf of the romney campaign. good morning, senator. so let me ask you this question. where has this mitt romney been? >> i have to say, i don't think the coverage has been totally fair to him in the past months. but i know mitt very well. we know him better than anybody. he made the best winter olympics in the history of the movement and wind up with $100 mill
and educator. >> i mean there actually is extra credit for losing creatively if you are a current office holder. if you are a senator or governor and going to go back to that job then, in fact, there are ways if you lose you can lose and still retain your position, for example, as mccain does as a particular kind of voice within the context of the senate. but when you are as romney said many, many times in the primary, an unemployed guy, then what happens is you simply become sort of a speed bump in history. >> now, jeff, you followed a lot of campaigns. i'm sure you remember when people thought senator obama was losing. are people counting romney out too early and does that help him in any way? >> they're not counting him out of the obama campaign. the whole team in chicago and else where across the country is working really hard on their ground game. they want democrats not to feel overconfident, despite the fact that the polls are good, despite the fact that he's doing well in the swing states. they see this as a race that will be close and don't want their voters and supporters to forget th
of the challenges i see is just a lack of education with the teams that are managing the social media efforts, especially mitt romney's. >> are you nervous about this? >> yes. >> i actually see -- >> let me take a step back. not even voting, hopefully one day that will come. but registering to vote, we have this ram shackle, rick et i system of voting. about a dozen states have automated registration. i can go online and register to vote. new york is one of the last states to do that. most states don't and they can. it's the state legislatures, it's the governors, it's the secretary of states who are saying we don't want to go there. well, why? we can all -- >> we can't all understand it. >> because of the en franchisement of people that would bring about. >> one of the challenges with incumbent changing voting rules, any incumbent always got elected under whatever the current voting rules are. >> you want to keep the system you got elected under. we know from states that have done that, it costs less to register people automatedly. you get more people to register and hence more people to vot
. whenever the president named a popular policy, more spendingn education, more money on medicare, he was for it and he would attack the president for things that were unpopular. so the question becomes can you effectively tie mitt romney to the republican party and its core commitments, both how it acts in the house and the things he has said during the republican debates. and that never really happened tonight. but those of course are the facts of the matter. the idea that mitt romney won't cut taxes on people at the high end of the income scale apreposterous. i think you would agree. obviously if the republicans get into power they are going to cut taxes at the high income and he got on stage tonight and said no. >> romney's problem is that this debate is in 2012, not 1812. we have things we can hit a button to show what he has said before. no doubt mitt romney was at his best tonight but his best is not good enough. when you look at the fact that he's saying that taxes will not go up on the middle class, yet he is proposing all the way through this campaign, dealing with deduction
what makes colorado such a right down the middle state? >> it is one of the best educated states in the country in terms of college graduates it is the best educated state in the country. we really are a microcosm of the country. a lot of coloradoens came from other states. and so it's a nice place to battle out the country's elections. and as you probably pointed out earlier we have gone all sorts of ways in presidential elections. we have elected democratic governors. i think the coloradoens take a look at the candidate and vote for the person they think will do the best job for colorado and the country. >> it seems to me in watching what i feel like the conversation colorado voters are having with each other is that the president thinks women voters and social issues are the key to the reelection and the romney campaign thinks talking about the deficit is a winner here. what say you? are both on the right track to get to 50? >> i think it depends on which base the two parties are trying to get out. obviously the democratic party with its so-called war on women is trying to mak
's office politics. >> this is an interview that was 100% about education policy. so i really had to do my homework. if you are going to try to ask questions of somebody who has been dealing with, and administering education policy for basically the last four years, i tried to do a little bit of homework. so that was the hardest part, probably. the second hardest part is more logistical. when you interview the president, or a presidential candidate, they usually give you a very short amount of time. in this case, i think we had 15 minutes. and you'd be surprised, you may not, but most people would be surprised how quickly that goes. i mean, that's really just four or five questions, depending on how lengthy the answers are. now, i did go a little over the time limit. i ended up going 20 to 22 minutes. >> so how does he end it? does somebody come in and say we're done? >> it's a funny little behind-the-scenes thing. sometimes, i think it's just known that you'll go a little bit past the time limit. the white house understands that. we understand that. you can do it within reason. so when i
with a dull, rusty blade than on that stage that last night? >> does he wants to support education? he says he won't cut education. that is different from congressman paul ryan's budget, who is the guy that you conservatives champion as the truth teller for your party. the list goes on and on for taxes as well. so the guy you're saying who showed up yesterday, if the scorecard is correct, is as far from a conservative, a re masum you can put on the table. if you were honest, that's not the guy you would vote for, maybe someone in the middle, a moderate republican. but you a staunch conservative would not vote for mitt romney, the one na showed up last night? >> well, one of the things -- your question, of course, answers why i've done what i did the last five years trying to stop him from being the nominee, but he did effective things defending conservative values last night. if you look at one focus groups one of the networks did of undecided voters in colorado, his numbers were the highest when he talked about the role of government freesh government, freedom for the individual, the founding
like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. we might still be making mix tapes. find this. pause this. play this. eject this. write this. it's like the days before esurance express lane™. you had to find a bunch of documents just to get a car insurance quote. now express lane finds your driving info with just one click, saving time to be nostalgic about the days before express lane. thank you, insurance for the modern world. esurance. now backed by allstate. click or call. >>> we cannot afford to double down on the same top-down economic policies that got us into this mess. that is not a plan to create jobs. that is not a plan to grow the economy. that is not change. that is a relapse. we don't want to go back there. >> welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. that was president obama. obviously in denver, saying the economic policies of mitt romney are a relapse and the president is exactly correct. romney rattled off his five-point plan last nig
, but recent research shows... ...nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. woman: what do you mean, homeowners insurance doesn't cover floods? [ heart rate increases ] man: a few inches of water caused all this? [ heart rate increases ] woman #2: but i don't even live near the water. what you don't know about flood insurance may shock you -- including the fact that a preferred risk policy starts as low as $129 a year. for an agent, call the number that appears on your screen. >>> we cannot afford to double down on the same top-down economic policies that got us into this mess. that is not a plan to create jobs. that is not a plan to grow the economy. that is not change. that is a relapse. we don't want to go back there. >> welcome back to "the ed show." thanks for watching tonight. that was president obama. obviously in denver, saying the economic policies of mitt romney are a relapse and the president is exactly correct. romney rattled off his five-
and education and keep that momentum flowing. . >> let me give you some of the reaction that's been coming in. mitt romney's campaign issued a statement saying this is not what a real recovery looks like and he will create 12 million jobs. then this is what david plouffe had to say just a short time ago on chuck's show. >> i don't think we should focus on the politics today. this is obviously showing we continue to recover from a horrible recession. the recession wasn't an accident. there were policies and reasons that contributed to it. and, you know, reckless wall street behavior, tax cuts for the wealthy unpaid for. these are the same policies mitt romney wants to return to. >> so what does the president do with this? he's about to speak in virginia in the next hour. >> i don't tell the president what to do. look, these numbers show some signs of hope. it's time for both campaigns to recognize what's real. we have huge structural unemployment in this country. it's going to last for years. the numbers are going to go down by a percentage point here and there. the voters deserve honesty abou
discussing earlier, the court that decided the board of education, one of the justices, not one had been a full time judge before. when alida replaced o'connor, they were all federal court judges. that is a terrible lack of diversity. she knew what it was like to raise money. >> she was a former state legislature. a lot of what comes in front of the court are sta chte statutes. >> for the middle. >> citizens united is a case that talks about giving money to campaigns as if it's a first amendment speech driven process. a politician may say, can i tell you what goes on, why people give money to campaigns? >> yeah. >> i would think, if this president is reelected, because there are so few court of appeals judges who are the right age, he will have to look outside the judiciary, which i agree, is a great thing. it's not only understanding how government works, it's understanding people's problems, trying to fix their problems, address their problems, hearing both sides and trying to meet out resolutions of problems. i think i would also like to see a justice who has been a civil rights lawye
for the next four years, in terms of our education system, developing american energy or making sure we're closing loopholes for companies that are shipping jobs overseas or focusing on companies creating jobs here in the united states, or closing our deficit in a balanced way, all those things are designed to make sure that the american people, their genius, their grit, their determination is channelled and they have an opportunity to succeed. and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is doing a fair share and playing by the same rules. you know, four years ago i said that i'm not a perfect man and i wouldn't be a perfect president and that's probably a promise that governor romney thinks i've kept. but i also promised that i would fight every single day on behalf of the american people, the middle class and all those who are striving to get into the middle class. i've kept that promise and if you vote for me, i promise i'll fight just as hard in the second term. >> governor romney? >> thank you jim, mr. president and thank you for tuning in this evening. this is an important
education, who insists his health care plan covers people with pre-existing comment. the same guy who said his 47% comments were wrong. >>> also, we're beginning to the learn more about the flawed strategy that led president obama to lay a debate egg wednesday night. best not happen again. >>> we mentioned the unemployment number dropped sharply. >>> finally, let me finish with 7.8% jobless number, what it means, and why some people don't like looking at it. this is "hardball," the place for politics. >> after losing about 800,000 jobs a month when i took office, our businesses have now added 5.2 million new jobs over the past 2 1/2 years. this morning we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. more americans entered the workforce, more people are getting jobs. today's news certainly is not an excuse to try to talk down the economy to the score a few political points. it's a reminder that this country has come too far to the turn back now. we've made too much progress to return to the policies that landed us in the crisis in the first place.
. energy independence, education, trade agreements, cutting the deficit and help for small businesses. the website, nextnewdeal, discovered this five-point plan, well, has been pushed before. by senator john mccain when he accepted the republican nomination four years ago. the five points were in a different order, but in the speech, exactly the same thing. there's really no real difference. four years earlier, here it is, an almost identical five-point plan was offered by president george w. bush when he was accepting the republican nomination for re-election. now, the five points were in a different order in this speech, in the actual speech. small businesses were mentioned twice. you get the picture in all of this. bush also repeatedly mentioned no child left behind even though it wasn't one of the five points. we need to see president obama dismantle romney as more of the same and dismantle these romney lies. here's the president in wisconsin today. >> whoever it was that was on stage last night doesn't want to be held accountable for what the real mitt romney's been saying for th
's a partisan victory in a weird way. most important katherine culleton gonzalez, keep educating us on these cases. >>> up next, what did the far right think america would look like in 2012 when president obama took off? this is sci-fi. their wildest predictions couldn't be further from the truth fortunately. actually sci-fi tends to be true sometimes. anyway, this is "hardball," the place for politics. >>> back to "hardball" and to the "sideshow." well, the campaigns for both mitt romney and president obama are trying to tamp expectations leading into tomorrow's debate while playing up the debating skills, of course, of the other candidate. one of romney's biggest surrogates went a bit rogue this weekend on "the daily show." take note. >> here is the great news for republicans, we have a candidate who is going to do extraordinarily well on wednesday night. >> oh, my [ bleep ], we got a runner, we got a runner! apparently only chris christie did not get the memo his party sucks at this. >> it's the restart of the campaign and i think you will see the numbers move back in another dir
in education and investing in infrastructure, responsibly bringing down the debt, so his is a voice that we think is a very powerful voice in helping to tell the president's story. we think he's going to be a great advocate for us. we're excited he's giving us that time and we're excited to have him out advocating for the president on the trail. >> brent, hypothetically, let's say the president is re-elected. what's his first order of business next year, is it immigration reform? is it climate change? what's going to be, jobs notwithstanding, because i know that's going to be the laser focus, presumably, besides job creation, then what? >> look, the second term, if we're lucky enough to win this campaign, really is an extension of all the work we've been doing through the first term. you said jobs, obviously. the economy is job one. we need to make sure we re-elect president obama, so we can build off the economic process we have started to see as we've turned this economy around. we need to move that forward, not go back to the policies that mitt romney is advocating that would actually hu
round of tax cuts for the wealthy. we can't afford to gut our investments in education or clean energy or research and technology. we can't afford to roll back regulations on wall street banks or oil companies or insurance companies. that is not a jobs plan. it's not a plan to grow our economy. it's sure not a plan to strengthen our middle class. we have been there, we have tried that. we're not going back, we are moving forward. we have got a different view about how we create jobs and prosperity in this country. this country doesn't just succeed when just a few are doing well at the top. it succeeds when the middle class gets bigger. our economy doesn't grow from the top down, it grows from the middle out. we don't believe that anybody is entitled to success in this country, but we do believe in opportunity. we believe in a country where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded and everybody is getting a fair shot and everybody is doing their fair share and everybody is playing by the same rules. that's the country we believe in, that's what we've been fighting for for the l
the best education system in the world and give, as i said before, some real strength and security to middle-class families. >> is the 47% comment the game changer so far? does the obama campaign feel this really has put the wind at your back? this is a clear distinction about who cares about the 100% and the 47%. there's new tape from paul ryan that has surfaced. he doesn't sound too different from mitt romney. here's ryan talking about people who rely on government assistance. here it is. >> before too long, we would become a society we were never intended to be. we could become a society where americans are takers and not makers, 70% of americans want the american dream. they believe in the american idea. only 30% want the welfare state. >> doesn't had this show the american people what romney and ryan think about struggling americans? >> absolutely. my favorite thing is mitt romney said it was inelegantly stated when he said about the 47%. i hope that mitt romney e gets a chance to elegantly state what he said about the 47% of the american people not caring enough to take respo
education and health care. tracie potts is in denver for us covering all the details. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. the pressure was on for romney to perform, back up his ideas with details, taking on one of the most skilled debaters in modern politics. the point was to make differences clear. >> you said you would cut the deficit in half, it's four years later. >> the way we do it is $2.50 for every cut. we ask for $1 additional revenue. pay for by asking those of us who have done well to contribute more to reduce the deficit. >> reporter: the president insisted romney would spend $5 million. >> math, common sense and history shows it's not a recipe of job growth. >> everything he said about my plan is inaccurate. >> reporter: medicare -- >> cutting from medicare to balance the additional cost of obama care is a mistake. >> if you repeal obama care, and i have become fond of this term, obama care, if you repeal it, those seniors are going to pay more for prescriptions. >> reporter: the exchange over health care and jobs. >> i don't know how the president could come into
-sex marriage once same-sex marriage had already been offered in california. >> higher education admissions. at the heart of this case, abgait fisher, because fisher says she was denied to the university of texas because she is white. what factors would affect their ruling? >> the court has ruled before that diversity is a compelling government interest. the government in other words has an interest, universities have an interest in compiling diverse classes of students, that diversity helps everyone and that they can look at an applicants's race in making some of those decisions. the court has changed since that last decision, that decision was written for instance by justice o'connor. some of the current justices are much less accepting of racial classification. >> the voting rights act of 1965, what part is at issue and why? >> this is a part that says certain states with a history of discriticism nation, most of them are in the south, they have to have any changes they make to election laws approved by federal authorities, either by the attorney general, or by a panel of freshmederal ju
's the teachers union is responsible for everything wrong with american education. >> andrew, the movie focuses on the so-called parent trigger laws which allows parents to sign a petition to essentially take over the school and make dramatic changes if it's failing. that sounds like empowering parents. that doesn't sound like a bad thing. i would say that the notion of allowing parents to take control of a school and have more control over the child's education, doesn't also seem like a fundamentally conservative idea to me. >> it isn't necessarily i suppose a fundamentally conservative idea, the charter school movement and parent trigger law only invoked a couple times is a controversial arena that's full of varying points of view. but, in fact, the company that produced this movie, walden media, which is owned by phil as i said, apparently stands to gabe tremendously from these privatization measures where what you're talking about is a group of parents and teachers, voluntarily giving up their union benefits taking over a school and for practical purposes selling it to a private company tha
people have been infected in six states. five have died. the cost of a private college education is up again. according to a report, tuition is up nearly 4% from last year to just over $29,000. and the september job report is due out tomorrow. economyist payrolls to rise wit the unemployment rate moving up to 8.2%. >>> welcome back to "hardball." we'll be looking for that jobless number tomorrow. we have an update on the story we brought you monday. if you recall we reported that republicans had been on a witch hunt to root out so-called voter fraud out there. may have found some in their own ranks. the activities of a firm hired by the republican national committee to register voters in florida is the subject of a criminal probe. it turns out florida authorities found enough evidence of suspicious voter registration down there by that firm to warrant a full-blown criminal investigation. the rnc hired the same questionable firm to do voter registration work in four other key swing states, nevada, colorado, virginia, and north carolina. all those states have fired the firm now and so fa
education and jobs and health care. these are big ticket items for women voters. now you see a crop of women candidates come forward and say, i can talk about them co-gently, but i'm hard on security issues and talk to veteran affairs. >> defense spending. >> take a state like hawaii where defense issues are huge. so it totally repositioned the platform for women candidates. it really con founds a lot of expectations that you see the statisticians rely on in how to tailor messaging for certain candidates. i think it's fascinating and one of the things they're going to write about in this campaign season for years to come. we're going to learn about this in big ways. >> one of the things that strikes me is we talked about elizabeth warren a minute ago. she's in a close race. if she wins and beats scott brown, people are talking about her as a potential presidential candidate in 2016. when you look ahead to 2016 and you think about it, there is potential here on the democratic side for hillary clinton if she wants to run to clear the field. she will be an overwhelming favorite like we've never
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research shows... ...nothing transforms schools like investing in advanced teacher education. let's build a strong foundation. let's invest in our teachers so they can inspire our students. let's solve this. >>> the president began this segment so i think i get the last word. so i'm going to take it. >> you're going to get the first word in the next segment. >> he gets the first word of that segment. i get the last word of that segment. let me just make this comment. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs, i love big bird. i actually like you, too. i'm not going to keep spending bhun on thi money on things -- >> let's -- >> let's get back to medicare. the president said the government could provide it at a lower cost without a profit. let's -- >> let's not. let's let him respond. let's let him respond to this specific on dodd/frank and what the governor just said. >> massachusetts governor mitt romney rolling over the debate moderator, jim lehrer, of pbs last night during the first presidential debate of this campaign season. joining us now for the interview is d
, better education systems. >> "the washington post's" chief correspondent dan balz joins me now. you watched so many of these debates and posed eight questions that you think sets the stage for tonight. >> right. >> let's talk about first what's at stake here. the first debate, the first face-off between the two men. >> the first debate is always the most important. it draws the biggest audience. the stakes for both president obama and mitt romney are big. but obviously bigger for mitt romney because he's had a bad couple of weeks and i think there is more pressure on him at this point to do something that changes the nature of the debate, changes the nature of the race, gives people an opportunity to take a fresh look at him and i think that's what he'll be trying to do tonight. >> what do you think the winning strategies are? your second question. the winning strategies for each side. >> the winning strategy for governor romney is to do two things which are not easily done together. one is to be pretty aggressive on the president, to go after him, to attack him in ways that he's no
's a partisan victory in a weird way. and most importantly, katherine culliton-gonzalez, keep educating us on these cases. of voter suppression around the country. >>> up next, what did the far right think america would look like in 2012 when president obama took office? this is sci-fi. their wildest predictions couldn't be further from the truth fortunately. actually sci-fi tends to be true sometimes. anyway, this is "hardball," the place for politics. [ male announcer ] let's say you need to take care of legal matters. wouldn't it be nice if there was an easier, less-expensive option than using a traditional lawyer? well, legalzoom came up with a better way. we took the best of the old and combined it with modern technology. together you get quality services on your terms, with total customer support. legalzoom documents have been accepted in all 50 states, and they're backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. so go to today and see for yourself. it's law that just makes sense. ♪ >>> back to "hardball" and to the "sideshow." well, the campaigns for both mitt romney and pre
going on today. here are some things we just thought you should know. education secretary arne duncan is calling for printed textbooks to become obsolete within the next few years. wow. duncan says the u.s. is fall willing behind other nations that are already traps sigging from print to digital school books. >>> and who's going tonight next big cheese? chee-tos hired an artist to make portraits of president obama, governor romney made entirely of cheat toes. each one is made of 2,000 of the snack food. >>> and jimmy fallon had some fun last night with a report that mitt romney's team stays is loading the candidate up with some zingers aimed at the president. >> for example, when we greet each other onstage before the debate, i'll put my finger on obama's tie and i'll say "hey, there's something on your tie." then when he looks down, i'll slide my finger from his sternum right up to his nostrils and i'll say, "boop!" ha ha-ha ha ha. ♪ that's why the lay i did a tramp ♪ [ female announcer ] ready for a taste of what's hot? check out the latest collection of snacks from lean cuisine
ideas i'll just note. first education. i agree, education is key, particularly the future of our -- the president began this segment so i get the last word. >> you get the first word in the next segment. >> he gets the first word of that segment, let me just make that comment. i'm sorry, jim, i'm going to stop the subsidy to pbs. i like pbs and big bird, and i like you, too, but i'm not going to keep spending on money to borrow money from china to pay for it. let me mention the other one. >> no, let's not. >> your time is up, sir. >> i have five seconds before he interrupted me. >> was it an aggressive approach on mitt romney's part on just the right tone? >> i think mitt romney was doing great and i prefer this time of format before the debate. just letting the two gentlemen go into specifics about the different policy plan of how they think our government should be run. jim lehrer kept getting kanye'd and that's his own problem. >> did jim lehrer get kanye'd? >> yes, at one point he took the first and last words of two segments in a row just by talking over jim lehrer and not l
and even in today's number, college educated workers, you know, you're talking about what we consider full employment, 4% unemployment rate. if you look at those demographics or state by state, unemployment trends have been doing this for a while. this is not a surprise. >> the timing is good for the president. >> absolutely. >> state by state numbers two weeks which is going to be make or break times in terms of the election. >> lot of key states like in ohio have been better for a while. the next jobs report is the friday before the election. >> all those days of the week. >> so dnds and that will be a bill report. usually the white house says let's not pay too much attention to, you know, one month statistics there's lots of noise. look at this. >> david plouffe was on msnbc saying today is not a day for politics. >> exactly. >> amman, bring you back in here. amman, i'm sure you're dusting off your -- the latest copy of your saul alinsky theology you're hiding behind your back. i do want to if i can take a moment to be a good morningy gust, this is the job of any president, but the long
the economy from the middle class out and investing in energy and education. he's got a specific plan to do it. he set the goal of creating a million manufacturing jobs and laid out a plan how to do it to end tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. he has a plan to reduce the cost of college tuition and further reduce our dependence on foreign oil because of the plans he's implemented we're at a 16-year low. i think you'll see him delve into those details tonight. we'll leave the zingers to the saturday night li"saturday nig t re-enactment and mitt romney. >> i have not said zinger and now i have. is that going to be enough for the american public? >> no. it's not actually. you know, all due respect to what's going on in chicago but the fundamental problem for the president is not just about the economy, it's the political system as it currently stands. and he has lots of specific plans, he had a jobs bill lined up, he's had these plans for some time. the question is, can anyone execute on anything within this environment? if the projections hold true and i'm sure ben in chicago and
, the economy, safety in america. their children and education. the things that really meet the american people where they are. that's why we are also here today and the next 30, 45 minutes where u.s. mayors will get together and talk about those very important issues, as well. >> unemployment in your state is above the national average, about 8.2% now. >> right. >> you criticized president obama during the convention for pressuring governor romney to release his tax returns, saying that wasn't the issue that mattered the most. do you think the president is addressing the issues that are most important in this campaign? >> i think our president has done a fundamental -- a phenomenal job addressing those issues. let me correct. it was not meant to be a criticism. it was correcting all of us to make sure we stay focused on the message where the american people are. we want to hear about jobs. we want to hear about health care. we want to hear about those things that are really right in front of the american people today. the president certainly got on that stage in charlotte and did exactly what
law in massachusetts, but also put massachusetts number one in the country in educational rankings, that's all to the good for mitt romney. and many americans did not process that information until last night. >> this was by most accounts, and i'm sure you heard this too, congressman, the most policy-oriented debate, maybe we've ever had. at times it was pretty wonky, especially for folks following it so closely may not know dodd frank and some of the specifics they talked about. and there's also criticism of the format, that it was a little too open-ended. do you think that voters, just in general, took away something important from this or does this format need to be scrapped and to go back to the old where the buzzer hits? >> i think last night's format was very good for the american people. maybe not so good for pundits or people who want to score these things like ball games. but let me tell you why it was good for the american people. they don't want to see whether someone can give an answer in 60 seconds. they don't really care about that skill. they care about whether someo
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campaigned in wisconsin, sharply criticizing romney's statements during the debate on tax cuts, education, and outsourcing as misleading to the middle class. the president had this to say about his opponent's plan for reducing the deficit. >> but i just want to make sure i got this straight. he'll get rid of regulations on wall street, but he's going to crack down on "sesame street." [ applause ] thank goodness somebody's finally cracking down on big bird. who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits. elmo's got to watch out. >> and vice president joe biden was campaigning in iowa saying that mitt romney flip-flopped on his own tax cut plan that was the center piece of the gop campaign and biden challenged the republicans on the tax issue. >> you know the phrase they always use, "obama and biden want to raise taxes by $1 trillion. guess what? yes, we do in one regard. we want to let that $1 trillion tax cut expire so the middle class doesn't have the bear the burden of all that money going to the super wealthy. that's not a tax raise. that's called fairness where i come from. >
millions. >>> and prospect for the education drama "won't back down" aren't as good. it may gross in the $5 million range. elsewhere, it is a boy for reese witherspoon and her talent agent husband who married last year. congratulations to them. cool name here, tennessee james. he's named after witherspoon's home state. >> that sounds like a country song. >> and lil wayne has overtaken elvis presley's record for a top 100 hits. a record that stood uncontested. all right. here's a talker. kelly osborne apology for a manicure. it is a $250 nail polish made of crushed diamonds, $250,000, can you imagine? >> i mean, i have that just in my back pocket. >> you wish. i'm lynn berry. "way too early" is next. >>> secretary of defense leon panetta becomes the latest administration officials to admit that last month's embassy attacks in libya were, in fact, carried out by terrorists. >>> meantime, the fbi agents dispatched to the country to investigate, say, they can't get near the crime scene due to "near total lack of security." the question is, could the obama administration have done more to preven
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of their economy, education, the kind of sense of confidence that they have in the country. >> so very interesting over the past weekend, mark, you had the dnc putting out video clips of a lot of people including myself saying what a great debater mitt romney is. and then there was a little bit of an online scuffle yesterday because chris christie dared to say that this debate would change the narrative of the race. what's going on here? >> well -- >> is it all about expectations? >> they play the silly expectations game because too many of our colleagues seem susceptible to it. i still think the president has an advantage simply because he's done one-on-one general election debates before, and they're a lot of pressure. and governor romney, in some ways he rises to the occasion and he's impervious to pressure. but if you look at his career at bain and some of the anecdotes there, sometimes he feels it. and no one goes into their first one as comfortable as people who have done it before. >> john heilemann, barring an incredibly strong moment, which could happen, i guess, it has before, can the de
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